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Warts and All

Posted on 27. Mar, 2009 by in Warts

I recently had a patient ask me where the saying “warts and all” came from. This saying isn’t as common as it used to be, but it means basically means not to conceal the less attractive attributes.

It dates back to the mid 1600’s.  Oliver Cromwell told a famous artist to paint his portrait showing “warts and all”.  Basically, he wanted his portrait to reflect his true self which included his flaws.  This wasn’t a common way to paint a portrait. In fact, most artists used a painting style that was intended to flatter the subject. This was particularly important when painting a portrait of royalty.

With the advances in wart treatments, I’m not sure Oliver Cromwell would have created that saying if he were alive today.

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